Night vision goggles are, according to SA Photonics (a manufacturer of night vision goggles, naturally), a "key enabling technology" that has allowed the U.S. military to "own the night". SA Photonics has cleared some of the existing technological hurdles with their new High Resolution Night Vision System (or HRNVS--looks like someone could use some acronym assistance), which doubles the field of view of existing goggles, a real boon to pilots and others who need to see in the dark.
The odd design gives each eye the benefit of two night vision sensors, for a total of four, with those two sensors coupled to create a single high-resolution (though we're not clear on exactly how high) display. The layout of the displays allows quick removal in case of unexpected light, put when in use, allows for a pretty much uninterrupted panoramic view, unlike past models. It may not be based on insect vision, but it still looks pretty effective.
But the field of view enhancement might be the most important--at least, the improvement pilots and other military personnel have been demanding. The HRNVS boasts an 82.5-degree view, more than double that of current night-vision systems. It also, intriguingly, has certain image enhancement abilities, sort of like how a DSLR camera can use light in different ways to enhance a photo. Those abilities include contrast/edge enhancement, speckle reduction, and even video recording, all of which is new to this sort of system.
The HRNVS system will be officially shown off a week from today in Orlando at a defense conference, though it's not clear when we might actually see (or not see) it in action.
This is the dorkiest piece of military technology I have ever seen. Sounds cool, though.
If you could get aircrew to stop laughing at each other long enough for them to try it...
It would be great enhancement to this product if it acted as a Heads Up Display (HUD) as well. You would need a head tracking system in the cockpit. The image being projected is digital, so it should not be a problem to add this information.
HUDs have a very limited field of view. Having the HUD in the helmet would allow aircrew to see critical information while looking left/right/above/behind. It could highlight friendly and enemy aircraft, and point out incoming threats. They could also slave the radar/IR weapons to their helmet, allowing them to quickly designate targets.
OK maybe not so simple, but I think military pilots might actually consider wearing them with these changes.
umm.... uh.... hmmm....yea.... at this point, im a little confused on how the author could write this article without mentioning how stupid they look. im sure its a nice peice of tech but, uh... are we trying to make the enemies die laughing now or something? and come on, that person wearing the thing in the pic looks just as stupid as the damn helmet he is wearing
Puahahahaha.. this guy look like a lego toy
Well…it may look more than a bit amusing. But I can appreciate the widened field of view. I remember using the PVS-5 version of the night vision in the early 1980´s. Looked “Cooler” but the view was restricted and I was always turning my head when I wanted to look at what was a bit to the side of me.
I would say the next step would be incorporating the night vision receptors into a helmet that functioned as a helmet. Of course the working components of this gizmo would need to be reduced in size a bit more first.
the cool thing is, there not that noticeable on your face.
It also makes you more tan when you put them on.